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U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

Ah, yeh, as for roids, not interested. I've heard all the usual anti-roid horror stuff from those who would never touch them and all the pro roid stuff from those who regularly use them and none of it particularly grips me. The only thing that did get my attention was an ex-roid user told me how he had a dumbell in his hand and his wife said dinner was going to be a bit late and he launched the dumbell which went through a wall.. he said that was the end of roids right there and luckily not his relationship!!! or wifes life...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

Hadn't thought of upping the conversion to 3 points, I had previously thought of raising a try to 6 and conversion staying at 2 but I'm not sure.

I agree totally that a drop goal should remain as 3, it's a lot harder (relatively speaking for those great kickers) to slot a drop goal with the pressure etc than a place kick.

Sorry, above I was not suggesting that players today are on enhancement drugs (even though some may be?!?) but it's true as players getting bigger, faster, stronger, it seems odd that the pitch would stay the same...

For instance, if long jumpers around the world started to jump over the sandpit through extra power gained with gym, technique etc, it wouldn't be long before someone said, perhaps we should make the sandpit longer, or something like that...

Fortunately this kick was wind assisted, so I think we can breathe a slight sigh of relief for now.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

I remember Lee Evans did a sketch many years ago about forgetting all the drug bans and letting athletes all do steroids etc, he said all the events would change, "You'd have a hop, skip and where the f**k did he go?"

Someone made a flippant comment about reducing points to 2, I wouldn't mind seeing a trial of this actually. I think it would encourage running rugby more so. I believe in the 'old days' at some point a try was worth 6 points? with the conversion being 1? I like the try to conversion ratio at the moment, but I think 2 penalty kicks shouldn't be greater than 1 try - should they?

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Some of the Biggest Hits from Super Rugby in 2014

Brilliant, gets me in the mood for pre-season!

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

Oh just to add, my tiny little mind knows where the reply button is, does yours? xxx ;)

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

Changed my mind :)

http://www.rugbydump.com/2014/07/3819/some-of-the-biggest-hits-from-super-rugby-in-2014#allcomments

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

Fitness... not physical condition ;)

What's this macho thing a crying canuck such as yourself is talking about. Anyway continue trolling with your many accounts, it's enjoyable.

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

South Africa beat New Zealand to win Gold at the Commonwealth Games Sevens

My fitness is pretty appalling at the moment, but I would honestly love to get into some sort of lower league 7's again. I don't think I've necessarily got the pace for any 1st team local clubs (if there are any) but the s**t that 15's is going through at the moment with these awful laws just makes me want to go back to the roots/back to the primitive.. pick up the foo-king ball and run, look for support, offload, keep your head screwed on.

Perhaps it's Summer blues or something, but I feel almost fed up of 15's :(

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

I still think quotas would be a bad idea, but a non national team coach would be better.

I was thinking about a flipside with say a 'Pacific Islands Lions' where you could have players picked from Samo, NZ, Tona, Fiji (might have missed someone else here?). The majority of the time, it wouldn't matter where the coach was from, NZ players would be snapped up with a few other gems from the other nation to fill in some spaces. Now whilst I don't like that idea, I think it's a fair outcome when you're picking the BEST players for a Star team.

I personally don't feel that is what happened for the B&L Lions in 2013. I don't feel that anyone else in Gats position, would have looked at England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and said "The majority of best players out of these nations are Welsh" - in fact a fair few of Gats selections were quite worrying - Matt Stevens??? REALLY?

I think also it was not just the fact he picked these players in the first place, I can see past some of that bias I suppose, but the fact he continued to play them with their poor performances, then brought in a player that hadn't played rugby in 6 months (someone said?)

It is indeed old news I suppose, the only thing I'm actually very shocked by still, is the fact he didn't pick someone like Rhys Priestland aswell...

2 Months, 3 Weeks ago

Shane Williams discusses life in Japan and that British & Irish Lions call up

I see your point regarding 6N results and the team, however the point of the Lions tour; from what I gather, is to not pick 'the team that won the last few matches' - It is, in effect, a case of selecting the BEST players from (in no particular order) England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales - THAT, in my opinion (and yes, opinions are like a-holes) was not carried out.

Australia are a top ranking side, but the Australia that was fielded was missing quite a few key players - again, my opinion...

So YES, 'Gatland won the Lions tour', but I personally feel a bit cheated by the way he did it, especially when you consider the likes of the previous tour to SA which was headed by Ian McGeechan who; with the greatest respect, somewhat shafted the Scots (bearing in mind he was a Scottish International!). The team he picked was a good representation of the best players of the British Isles and perhaps as Scotland were (and have been) misfiring, there were very few selected.

I might be a bit old fashioned here and don't get me wrong, wins are important, especially to players, but to me the Lions > a win... It's nice to have them win a series, but frankly for me it's like the Baabaas, you know that from the beginning the odds are stacked against them. They're a collection of great players from a group of nations, but it's a pleasure to see them all banded together and competing against a common 'enemy' as such.

Maybe Gatland truly did pick the British Isles greatest players at the time, but judging by the fact Warburton was captain and not firing well, Roberts was injured for the entire tour bar the last game(?) and Shane Williams was drafted in as an emergency, I'd say he'd taken his Welsh specs on tour and left he Lions ones at home...

3 Months, 18 Hours ago

 
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